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Carnelian (nat.) Round Guru Bead 10mm

Carnelian (nat.) Round Guru Bead 10mm
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Most Mala designs consist of a large bead at the end called the "Guru" or "Bindu" bead. This bead confirms the end of one round in the prayer cycle. On a traditional Mala the Guru bead is the 109th bead. The Guru bead is typically adorned with a tassel, which represents enlightenment. Whether or not you want to create a traditional or whimsical Mala style design, the Guru bead is the perfect piece to give you a seamless finished look. We suggest using 1mm C-lon to string these beads.

Item # 44833
Hole size 2mm

More about Carnelian (nat.)

Natural carnelian ranges in color from white to orange to dark brown. This stone is named natural carnelian to reflect its display of the natural range of carnelian color. These carnelian bead strands are some of our most popular because of their versatility and beauty. The origin of the name Carnelian is ancient and mysterious. The name Carnelian could be derived from the Latin word "carne", which means “flesh”. Another theory claims that the “cornel” cherry could be the source of the name. There is also a similar-sounding Persian word meaning yellow-red. Carnelian has been utilized for decorative arts for at least 7,000 years! Egyptian tombs are full of examples of carnelian jewels because the ancient Egyptians believed that carnelian amulets would ensure a safe passage into the afterlife. Carnelian was also highly valued by the ancient Greeks and Romans, who used it for signet rings.

If you're looking for carnelian with similar color variation and rich color, check out our Madagascar carnelian beads. Carnelian is a variety of chalcedony (microcrystalline/cryptocrystalline quartz). Its translucent, orangey-red coloration is primarily due to the presence of iron oxide.

Carnelian is an alternative birthstone for August. Metaphysically, it is believed to enable confidence and creativity.


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String a Guru Bead on a Mala Necklace

In this tip, we'll show you how you string a guru bead onto a mala necklace. Start with a mala...

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